Government of Canada supports seven women's organizations



    OTTAWA, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Women of diverse backgrounds from across
the country will now have the tools they need to build a brighter future for
themselves as a result of seven projects that are being supported by the
Government of Canada.
    An announcement was made today by the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister
of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, who provided
details on the federal support being provided to five national and two
regional organizations conducting projects that will benefit women across
Canada.

    Altogether, the following seven projects will receive a total of
$1.5 million in funding:

    
    - $642, 658 to Shelternet for Abused Women for a project entitled Online
      Counselling for Abused Women.
    - $299,750 to the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies for a
      project entitled Community Development on Human Rights in Action.
    - $155,428 to Womanspace Resource Centre for a project entitled Financial
      Services for Women: Your Money and Your Life.
    - $152, 374 to the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly for
      the project entitled Bridging Aging and Domestic Abuse.
    - $109,500 to Le Phénix: Service d'intégration sociale for a project
      entitled L'inclusion...ça s'adapte.
    - $86,677 to YWCA Vancouver for a project entitled Peer Mentorship and
      Leadership Development Pilot Project.
    - $60,625 to Equal Voice for a project entitled Getting to the Gate:
      National Aboriginal Module.
    

    These projects were approved under the Women's Community Fund of the
Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. This Fund supports eligible
organizations in carrying out projects at the local, regional and national
level. To qualify, the initiatives must work toward the equality and full
participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.

    "Community empowerment of women is at the very heart of the Women's
Community Fund, and each one of these seven initiatives reflects that," said
Minister Verner. "These projects will enrich the lives of countless women in
communities across Canada."
    "These funds will enable us to roll out a new 'e-service' that
facilitates interactive communication between abused women and their
counsellor even after they have left the shelter," said Bridget Goldsmith,
President of Shelternet for Abused Women. "The Online Counselling for Abused
Women initiative is a groundbreaking technology project to increase access to
safe and secure online counselling for abused women across Canada."
    This funding is being announced, in part, to celebrate International
Women's Week, March 2 to 8, with its highlight, March 8, International Women's
Day. This year's theme, Strong Women, Strong World, refers not only to the
empowerment of women but also to the importance of women as caregivers,
educators, policymakers, activists, leaders, international peacemakers and
stewards of the world's environment.
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an
Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and
social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of
Canada.

    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.
    This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada website:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and
Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839


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